Guide to DVD in training

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



(2000), "Guide to DVD in training", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 9 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Guide to DVD in training

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Guide to DVD in training

DVD is set to make a big impact in the training arena, combining as it does sophisticated interactive multimedia capabilities with the capacity for several hours of broadcast quality video. With the CD-sized disks capable of being played on inexpensive domestic players or via DVD-ROM drives, it is suitable for a wide variety of training purposes. Its value in delivering training materials is proven, allowing the user to utilise a range of techniques from one disk. Combined with touchscreen technology, DVD-video is the ideal choice of applications where a computer and keyboard are unsuitable. In many cases adapting existing course material could not be easier.

To help trainers to evaluate the potential of this new medium, The Media Centre@DVA has produced a handy guide to DVD. The 36-page booklet tells you everything you need to know and more: what can be achieved with the medium; how it compares to other formats; how to commission a DVD; how much it costs; and how to get the most for your money. It also incorporates The Guide to Digital Video, an essential overview of the options for using video on the Web, on CD-ROM and over a network. The guide offers an explanation of the bewildering array of encoding formats available, from the widely established AVI (Video for Windows) and RealVideo to the increasingly popular MPEG formats. Whatever your requirements - full screen video for your next multimedia presentation, online training and recruiting - this booklet explores the options. As one of the first companies to provide DVD authoring, DVA offers realistic and practical advice on this increasingly popular format. Any readers wanting a free copy of the publication should call DVA on +44 (0) 1256 882032, mentioning this journal.

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